When do the Nuggets and Timberwolves play? Round 2 playoff schedule

Apr 10, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards (5) prepares
Apr 10, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards (5) prepares / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

After dispatching their round one opponents with relative ease, the Nuggets and Timberwolves have each gotten a fair degree of rest. Minnesota wrapped up their sweep of the Suns on Sunday while the Nuggets finished off the Lakers Monday night in five games. The matchup has been set for almost a week, but the rest of the first round has still been playing out.

On the other side of the Western Conference bracket, the Thunder advanced easily, sweeping the Pelicans, but they are still awaiting their second-round opponent. The Mavericks currently lead the Clippers three games to two with game six taking place on Friday night.

When does the series start?

There are still first-round games and series’ that need to play out, but the first four games of the Nuggets and Timberwolves series have been scheduled. The series will get underway this Saturday night, May 4th in Denver with game one taking place at 5 PM MST on TNT.

Game two will take place on Monday night, May 6th at 8 PM MST, also in Denver and also on TNT. Then the series will shift to Minnesota for games three and four. There will be a lengthy layoff between games two and three as game three won’t take place until Friday, May 10th. That game will tip off at 7:30 PM MST on ESPN.

Game four is scheduled for Sunday, May 12th at 6 PM MST on TNT. The best of seven series may only require four games if one of the teams is able to sweep, but games five, six, and seven will be scheduled at a later date, if necessary.

Repeat of last year?

Last season the Nuggets beat the Timberwolves four games to one in a first round series, but this is a new season and the Wolves are a lot better. Last season they had to play their way into the eight seed via the play-in tournament. This season the team was much healthier, more cohesive, and Anthony Edwards has taken a leap to superstardom.

One interesting wrinkle added to this series is that the Wolves may be operating without their head coach. Chris Finch tore his patellar tendon during game four against the Suns. He got surgery on his leg and likely won’t be on the sidelines to start this series.